Frequently Asked Questions
This page contains answers to many commonly asked
questions. If you don't find the answer to your question here,
please contact us and we will do our best to answer your question.
Where To Find
Things (Site Map)
Links to our Facebook page and the Vigo County Community Calendar
History of the Hall of Fame
Tribute to Alva Grindle
Hall of Fame Board of Directors & Staff
List of inductees
Inductee musical biographies
Overview of the Band of Angels
Information on the Hall of Fame's involvement in the community
Induction Into The Hall
Overview of the induction process
Instructions on completing a questionnaire
Link to the questionnaire form
Instructions on getting events or bands added to this section
List of community events with connections to local musicians and
List and contact information on local bands who have chosen to
register with us
Overview of the photo galleries
Links to the photo galleries
News & Notes
News about Hall of Fame activities
Links to archives of
prior year News & Notes
Frequently Asked Question
List of frequently asked questions and their answers
Instructions on how to contact us
How do I nominate
myself or someone else for induction into the Hall of Fame?
Complete a questionnaire. The
purpose of the questionnaire is to help us get to know you and learn about your musical career. The pool of prospective inductees has grown so
the job of verifying eligibility is
nearly impossible without a questionnaire. There is a link to
the questionnaire on the Induction Into The Hall page.
consider anyone for induction without a completed questionnaire.
You can fill out
a questionnaire for yourself, or if you know of a deserving musician, you can fill
one out on their behalf. Visit the Induction Into The Hall page
to find instructions on how to get a form and how to send it to us.
Please be sure to complete all fields
on the questionnaire. The more information and the
better the quality of the information, the quicker we can determine
your eligibility and get you in line to be inducted, so don't take
shortcuts in filling out the questionnaire. A common mistake is to leave a
field blank. Another is to provide inadequate information,
such as "Play guitar and other instruments" or "Play country and
other styles" or "Played in many area bands". Here's a good way to list the bands
you've been in: "Band A (1970-75), Band B (1975-76), Band C
(1980-83), performed as a solo act (1985-90)", etc.
The minimum requirements for induction are: (1) the musician must be
at least 50 years old, (2) the musician must have performed for at
least 25 years, and (3) the musician must have spent a portion of
their career performing in the area covered by the Hall of Fame.
Please be aware that these are the minimum requirements and
meeting these requirements does not guarantee induction. The Board also considers the
candidate's career and accomplishments. This is why it is
important to include as much information as possible on the
We keep all questionnaires. Your information is
stored in a database and will be reviewed each year until you are
selected to a specific induction class. There is no need to
send another questionnaire unless you need to update the information
that was on the original.
difference between being a member of the Hall of Fame and being in
the Band of Angels?
With some rare exceptions, only living
musicians are inducted into the Hall of Fame (HOF). Upon their
death, inductees automatically become members of the Band of Angels
(BOA), which was created to honor Wabash Valley musicians who have
However, there are many other worthy musicians who, for various reasons,
were not inducted before they passed away. Perhaps they passed
before the age of 50, or had not performed for 25 years, or had
never applied for membership in the HOF, etc. The Hall honors
these musicians by including them in the BOA.
If you know of a musician who has passed away and was not a Hall of
Fame inductee, you may nominate him or her for the BOA using the
same questionnaire that we use for inductees. See the foll
How do I request
that a musician be added to the Band of Angels?
If you know of a musician who has
passed away and was not a Hall of Fame inductee, you may nominate
him or her for the BOA using the same questionnaire that we use for
inductees or by contacting a Board member.
While we have not yet made
submitting a questionnaire a requirement, it is the preferred method.
Visit the Induction Into The Hall page and use the link to get a
copy of the questionnaire, fill it out and send it to us. You
can skip some sections on the questionnaire, such as address, phone
number, etc., but please be sure to fill out all of the information
about their musical career (instruments, styles of music, bands,
etc.). Let us know if the person was a member of the Hall of
If possible, include a copy of their obituary and a picture that we
can post in the Band of Angels photo gallery. If you don't
have a copy of the obituary, please include a minimal amount of
information on the questionnaire, such as birth and death dates.
I know of a deserving musician who has not yet been inducted.
There are many possible answers to this question, depending on the
personal circumstances of each musician. However, here are
some common issues:
We must have a questionnaire for the musician before we can
start the induction process. There are those who feel that the
Hall should know them well enough that a questionnaire is not
needed. This is not the case. The Wabash Valley has
thousands of musicians for the Board to consider, and they consider
more than just whether the musician is 50 years old with 25 years
experience. This would be a nearly impossible job without
If you haven't submitted a questionnaire for yourself, please do so.
If your favorite musician hasn't filled one out, encourage them to do so, or fill out out for them.
Even if we have received a questionnaire, the musician is not
eligible for induction until their qualifications have been verified
and they are placed in the Candidate Pool. The two most common
things that slow down the investigation process are: 1) The
questionnaire doesn't contain adequate information, and/or 2)
Contact information on the questionnaire is either missing or
incorrect. If we can't verify the information on t he
questionnaire, it will be put "on hold" until this happens.
If your telephone number or email address changes after we receive
your questionnaire, please contact us and give us your updated
There is a misconception that the Hall immediately admits veteran
musicians as soon as they turn 50 years old. While this honor
has been extended to a few musicians due to the strength of their
career and accomplishments, it won't happen to most candidates.
With as many as 75 nominations for the 15-20 spots available each
year, few people make the cut on their first try. Just because
someone doesn't gain admission immediately does not mean that they
are not worthy.
If you know of a deserving musician that has not yet been inducted,
we encourage you to speak to us on their behalf. There's
nothing wrong with lobbying for your favorite person, as long as it is
done in a constructive manner.
There is an old saying which states that if no one is
happy, we must have done the job right! While this is meant as
a joke, please be aware that no matter who does the selection or
what musicians are selected, there will be those who are unhappy
with the result. We realize
that we occasionally make mistakes, as would anyone else who
tries to do this job, but we do the best that we can and we
continually strive to improve the process to make it as fair as
I'd like to advertise a fund raiser or other event on your web site.
How can I do this?
Go to the Contact Us page and click the link to send us an email.
In your email, let us know who you are and tell us about the event.
At a minimum, we need the following information: What the event is
for, when it will be held (date and time), where it will be held,
and how local musicians or bands will be involved. Please add
any additional information that would be useful. Will you have
any activities? Will food be served? Are there any fees
for entry or parking? Will there be a jam session, or are any
specific bands playing?
We prefer to
advertise only events that have some connection to local musicians
and bands. For
example, a fund raiser or memorial for a local musician or an event
where local musicians will be performing. Also, we prefer to
advertise only non-profit or public service events. Therefore,
it is important that we receive enough information to be able to
determine whether or not the event meets the guidelines. The
Hall of Fame reserves the right to edit or reject any entry.
Your information will be posted on our Community Calendar within
7-10 days of when we receive your information.
I'd like to
advertise my band on your web site. How can I do this?
Go to the Contact Us page and click the link to send us an email.
In your email, let us know who you are and give us the following
information: The band's name, what styles of music the band
plays, who to contact for bookings (phone number and/or email
address) and information on the band's web site, Facebook page or
MySpace page (if any).
You do not have to be a member of the Hall of Fame to advertise your
band here. We will accept entries from any Wabash Valley band.
However, the Hall of Fame reserves the right to edit or reject any
Your information will be posted on our Band Registry page within
7-10 days of when we receive your information.
Why aren't there
pictures for all of the inductees and members of the Band of Angels?
I have pictures I'd like to have posted on your site.
What should I do?
All pictures on this web site came
from donations. Unfortunately, this means that we do not have
pictures of many of our inductees or members of the Band of Angels.
It also means that there are many local musicians and bands that are
not represented in our Local Musicians or Local Bands photo
If you have pictures of inductees or members of the Band of Angels,
or local musicians or bands
that we can post, we would appreciate it if you would share a copy.
If possible, put the photo into an electronic format, then click the
link on the Contact Us page to send us an email and attach the
picture to the email. Be sure
to let us know who is in the picture and what year it was taken.
If you cannot put the photo into an electronic format, either make a
copy and mail it to us, or email or call us to
discuss how we can obtain a copy.
How do I find out who has been inducted into the
Hall of Fame?
The photo gallery page for each induction year
contains a list of the musicians inducted that year. The Band
of Angels photo gallery page contains a list of the members of the Band
Also, there is a link to a full list of inductees on the About Us/Hall
of Fame Inductees
Can you notify me of upcoming events?
We will announce Hall of Fame events on this web site at least a
month in advance, unless circumstances require a shorter
notification time. Depending upon the circumstances, we may
also use other methods, such as newspaper, radio, and television
Also, the Hall has a page on Facebook (see the link on our
Home page). We will
post notices there, as well as on the web site. If you
Like our Facebook page, you will receive these notices
Why didn't I (or my favorite musician) get to
perform at the induction ceremony?
In the early days of the Hall of Fame, audiences and the number of
musicians wanting to perform were smaller, so there was seldom a problem
giving every musician a chance to perform.
However, audiences and the number of musicians wanting to perform
has grown dramatically.
The induction ceremony is a busy event. There must be time for
the meal, the induction ceremony, and various
announcements and drawings. With all of this going on, time for the jam session
is somewhat limited. Since the ceremony is about
our inductees, the jam session is for the inductees first. Of
course, supporting musicians will be needed, and once all inductees
have been given a chance to perform, the stage will be opened to all
musicians. However, it is
possible that we won't be able to get every musician on stage.
We ask for your understanding on this matter. We would also
like to offer a suggestion
to musicians who would like to perform: join us at the annual
Picnic and Jam. We have nearly twice the time at the picnic
for musicians to perform, so we can accommodate a lot more people.
I have a comment / suggestion / complaint. What do I do?
There are many ways to contact us - telephone call, texts, email,
Facebook posts, letters, in person, etc. In most cases, any of
these methods will work for comments and suggestions. However,
if you have a complaint, we would appreciate it if you would call or
talk to us in person.
Most issues require some dialog so that we can get clarification or
additional information, and offer a detailed explanation. This
can be difficult to do using texts, email, Facebook, letters, etc. If
you don't give us a way to communicate with you, our options for
resolving your issue are limited.
Please realize that the Board serves for free. We donate both
time and money to the Hall of Fame. We work 12 hour days for
events like the induction ceremony, and pay for our tickets like
everyone else. We loan our equipment for the events held by
the Hall of Fame. It's hard work with the only reward being the
joy of seeing our fellow musicians recognized.
We realize that we make mistakes, and that even the things
we think we've done right will not please everyone. If you have a complaint,
we would be happy to discuss it with you. However, if you
honestly think you have identified a problem that needs to be fixed,
then be willing to take the next step and be involved in the solution.
Finding a fair and practical solution to a problem is seldom easy,
so offer your ideas, offer constructive advice, and offer your time and
Can I become involved with the Hall of Fame?
You don't have to be on the Board, or even a member of the Hall, to
The activities that we put on, such as the induction ceremony and
the annual picnic, are a lot of work. For the most part, the
Board and their spouses have done all of the work, but we would
gladly welcome anyone who would like to assist us. As these
events grow in size, we could use the help. Please consider
volunteering to help work these events.
We especially invite Hall of Fame inductees to become involved.
This is YOUR Hall of Fame, you are a member. Along with the
honor of being inducted comes a responsibility to support the
organization you joined. The Hall is committed to giving back
to the Wabash Valley, and we invite our members to help us do this.
A great way to do this is to attend and participate in our
functions. Not only does this help to make our events a
success, but your purchase of raffle tickets, silent auction items
and memorabilia helps to fund our charitable goals.
If you are interested in volunteering, visit the Contact Us page for
information on how to let us of your interest.